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2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough (Previously $30)

SKU #1390479 94 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark Elegantly styled and inviting, the bouquet shows spiced cherry, plum, olive and floral characters with hints of dried herb and almond. The palate delivers excellent purity and roundness, beautifully complemented by fine texture and polished tannins. The wine is wonderfully proportioned and poised, offering refinement and stylish complexity. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

93 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Bright, fresh and flavoursome Pinot Noir with cherry, raspberry, red rose and spicy oak with a suggestion of savoury and dried herb character. An appealing and distinctive wine that is accessible now but should develop well with bottle age. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This delivers a very complete and fruit-focused impression with the right balance of fresh red cherries and berries and more savory, woody and lightly earthy notes. The freshness and elegance is impressive. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

91 points Raymond Chan

Outer quote mark Moderately dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is elegant in presentation with fresh, bright and vibrant aromas of dark-red and black cherry fruit with notes of raspberries, unfolding suggestions of black plums, and a complex amalgam of dark herbs, violet florals and nuances of black minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is initially shy in expression, but reveals a taut and finely concentrated core of sweetly ripe dark-red and black berry fruit. The flavours grow in richness and blossom on the mid-palate to fill the mouth with floral, herb and mineral detail. The fruit is underlined by supple tannin extraction and crisp, lacy acidity in the background lending tension and energy. The wine carries to a tight, lingering finish of sweet red berry fruits. This is a taut and finely restrained Pinot Noir with a concentrated core blossoms on the palate and supported by fine, supple tannins. Match with poultry and pork over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘TWR Home Block’ and the Eatwell’s ‘Rawiri’ vineyard, Omaka, clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 10/5, Abel and 5, destemmed and fermented with a small portion of whole bunches in some parcels to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 14 days on skins post ferment and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. Inner quote mark (7/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points The Wine Front: "Bold perfume shows red cherry, raspberry, brooding sweet spice, new leather and brambles. Palate is quite sweet but let’s say fruity, has a nice sheath of fine tannins, a fresh, crisp finish. Good flush of Pinot here." (Mike Bennie)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2019 | Send Email
Red-fruited with pure cranberry notes, this 2016 Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir shows complexity, with a bright core of acidity and an earthy finish. One of my favorite Southern Hemisphere Direct Imports, TWR’s quality is unbelievable for the price – biodynamically farmed, handpicked, balanced, and most importantly: delicious.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
I have been a fan of TWR for many years and this latest Pinot Noir does not disappoint. It is a bit lighter in style (which is good for me!) with bright red fruits and cranberry notes. On the palate, sour cherry and cranberry fruit, with a long, clean finish. Simply put, just delicious! Super versatile!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2019 | Send Email
The nose if full of wet stone, earth and stem with hints of spicy fruit coming in behind. On the palate the wine shows a medium structure and is a bit tart, but eventually opens and shows some weight. A long coiled finish shows lots of savory flavors.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2019 | Send Email
This is one of the bigger hitters from our Direct Import NZ Pinot Noir portfolio. Always handpicked, organic, and estate owned fruit, the result is a beautiful profile of strawberry compote and cherries that starts subtle and builds towards a long, focused finish on the back end. Power, complexity and elegance, this has it all!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2019 | Send Email
The dedication to their vineyards, the biodynamic farming practices, and the light hand the Flowerday's use in the winery is on full display in this graceful, refined, pure expression of Pinot Noir from Marlborough. We at K&L have long considered TWR to be amongst the top producers in New Zealand and it seems the customers and critics agree, with these wines selling out very quickly after they come off the boat. Because this fruit is sourced from multiple sites as well as clones, it carries a great depth of flavor and intricate layers. Red and black fruits shine here, with a prominent dose of herb and crushed earth. The medium-body, fine tannin, and delicate fruit all meld seemlessly together to create a Pinot of unparalleled quality.
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